The Washington Nationals decided to give up on outfield prospect Eury Perez by putting him up on waivers following their acquisition of light-hitting shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Twins. The Nationals felt they needed the infield depth and were willing to let Perez be taken. The Yankees were happy to oblige. I don’t like this move at all for the Nationals, who are getting a shortstop whose bat is atrocious and his defense, while okay, does not make up for the lack of offense.
This deal looks good for the Yankees, however. New York is getting a young outfielder with great speed. He’s batted over .300 in each of the past 3 minor league seasons. He also has plenty of speed, steailng 63 bases across 3 seasons in Triple-A. His walk rate has never been good and his power never really developed. While the Yankees expect to bring back their full starting outfielder of Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran next season, Perez looks like a decent fourth outfielder option with speed. He’ll probably spell Beltran in a good number of games next year and be a valuable pinch runner.
So far in the Major Leagues, Perez has only had 13 at-bats spread out across 22 games over two seasons. Now being 24 years old, the Nationals decided he was expendable. Perhaps he was. But essentially trading Pedro Florimon for Eury Perez doesn’t make any sense to me. In any case, the Yankees lose nothing here, especially considering that defensively Perez is supposed to be very good. The Yankees did have to let go Josh Outman, but that’s a minor loss considering the upside of Perez. Good, solid move by the Yankees; it seems they’ve been doing very well in picking up these guys that other organizations have given up on.
Perez will probably get into a few games for the Yankees in the final few games of 2014. There’s certainly no harm in seeing what he can do.